Competing in the 11th annual Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services Golf Tournament on Wednesday, Sarah Hurwitch easily took care of the competition in her age group--and wouldn't have done so badly in other age groups.
Hurwitch shot a nine-hole total of 65 to win the tournament's 9- and 10-year-old division at Brambleton Golf Course in Leesburg. She defeated her next closest competitor by 42 strokes and scored lower than the 11-12 age group winner, Trisha McLister, who won with a 76.
McLister's brother, Kevin McLister, won the boys 9-10 age division with a 53, and Stuart Coleman won the 11-12 with a 42.
Hurwitch, who will start at Seneca Ridge Middle School in Sterling this school year, shot a two-day, 18-hole total of 110 to finish fourth in the 11-and-under age group at the Virginia State Junior Golf tournament last week in Harrisonburg.
"I think [golf is] a fun sport, and I felt really good that I could accomplish that," Hurwitch said. "I felt happy because I wasn't the only one to get a trophy."
In the 15-17 age group, Bryan Meade won with an 18-hole total of 78. Meade plays for Potomac Falls during the school year. Meredith Roberts won the girls division with a 93.
In the boys 13-14 division, Ryan Patrick won in a playoff over Eric Jewell. Both scored 90 over 18 holes, but Patrick won with a bogey on the par-4 first playoff hole.
Junior Clinics Tee Off
Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club in Leesburg will hold its third annual junior clinics beginning Monday. The clinics will be 9 to 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and are for juniors of all ages and abilities. The two-week course will teach everything from rules and etiquette to chipping, putting and driving.
At the end of the program, players will take to the 50-yard practice hole to put all their skills together. The juniors also will take home pictures and souvenir hats at the end of the clinic. The cost is $120 for the two weeks. Call 779-2555 to sign up.
Now that River Creek Golf Club in Leesburg and Hidden Creek Golf Club in Reston have swapped golf professionals, the annual pro-member-guest tournament will move to River Creek on Friday.
Former River Creek pro David Seifritz moved to Hidden Creek earlier this year, and Hidden Creek pro Chris Winter moved to River Creek.
The tournament will feature about 20 pros from throughout Maryland and Virginia playing with River Creek members for prizes. Each pro will team up with four members for money and prizes. The members can win gift certificates to the pro shop, while the pros compete for cash prizes. The amount of the prize depends on the number of people signed up. The tournament has been held at Hidden Creek in past years.
The cost for members to participate is $150 per two-person team.